Social work services are an integral part of your overall health care. Social Workers are available to assist you in a variety of settings to include the primary care clinic, during hospitalization, at Emergency Department visits, in mental health and rehabilitation units, and upon enrollment in specialty medical programs to name a few. We want to assist you, your family members, and Caregivers in resolving housing, finance, mood, relationship, and physical limitation issues in individual, group, or family treatment, whichever suits your needs. We work with both VHA and community programs, linking you to resources and services in support of your treatment goals.
You will find social workers in all program areas in VA medical centers who are ready to help you with most any need. If you have questions or problems, the social worker will be able to help you or can refer you to the right person for help. ⇒ Find out what social workers do.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest employer of Master’s level social workers in the United States. Social Workers have worked in the VA since 1926. There are many opportunities available to professional social workers interested in serving veterans and military families. Learn more about VA social work career opportunities.
Many universities and colleges with social work programs have affiliation agreements for students to complete field placements at VA facilities. Discover social work intership opportunites
Social Workers at VA medical facilities nationwide took part in a variety of activities as part of the 90th Anniversary of VA Social Work in 2016, to highlight the key role VA’s 12,000 social workers play in helping our nation’s Veterans obtain needed care and services. The theme for the anniversary was “VA Social Work: 90 Years of Excellence.” The VA has a rich history of social work innovators and leaders as well as the profession’s commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life opportunities for Veterans, their families, and caregivers.
Social Work in VA celebrates 90 years - The Story of just one Veteran who has made it his career
Celebrating VA Social Work: 90 Years of Excellence - presentation